There are only two things that are certain in life, death and taxes. And with tax season coming up, no doubt people are preparing for the big filing day in the United States on April 17th 2012. However, another group of people are preparing to take advantage of this bonanza as well. That being scam artists and those who undergo phishing schemes. During this time of the year, one of the most commonly spoofed groups on e-mail is the Internal Revenue Service or IRS.
Beware IRS Phishing Scheme
For those who don’t know, phishing is the act of someone posing as acredible company with an urgent message that requires the user to give out their personal information. This act has gone on as long as the Internet has been around, but it is not uncommon for it to be done over the telephone or through the postal service mail on rare occasions. Still phishing in its most base form is through an e-mail.
Some of these e-mails are rather well put together, where they do look extremely professional, and those who are unaware that people will never e-mail you inquiring such person information can fall for it. No organization will e-mail you asking for such personal information, as such a method would have a security flaw.
People through phishing schemes have posed as the IRS, with urgent filing information and threats to respond immediately under harsh penalties. Naturally, for obvious reasons, while it is likely the IRS could track down your e-mail address to put the scare in you, they
Yet around tax time every year, many phishing e-mails are sent out in the name under the name of the IRS. Any attachments also could be potential threats to your computer, be it viruses, worms, malware, or any kind of nattiness you can think up.
The IRS will not ask for personal information if at all in such a manner. It is just another attempt by scam artist to use their phishing schemes under the crowd of urgency to lure poor unsuspecting people into responding. It’s been done with Microsoft, Yahoo, credit card companies, banks, and obviously the IRS would be something that would be spoofed.
The IRS frowns upon such things and states clearly in their official website that contact will not be done via e-mail to request any kind of personal information. Any scams should be reported to the IRS with their contact information available on their official website, more can be found at the following URL about how to deal with many forms of phishing and fraud by those posing as the IRS
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